It’s that time of year! The weather is cooling down, leaves are turning vibrant hues of orange, and everyone’s getting ready for the holidays. You may feel the excitement growing for a new season, as summer comes to an end and winter wonder approaches. I don’t know about you, but I sense this change of season isn’t just happening in the physical realm. It’s happening spiritually, too.
Have you been feeling a sense of restlessness or anticipation for what’s next? Have you discovered newfound peace OR growing pressures within a situation in your life? Has God started bringing new connections and opportunities your way?
Well, then, you may know exactly the feeling I am talking about. Those are signs that God is calling you into a new season, in Him. Spiritual seasons could be new career opportunities, they could be new relationships, they could require you to move to a new city, or they could require you be tested in an area of your faith. They are beautiful, exciting things — but they require inner work. As with any new opportunity from God, a new spiritual season requires a new level of discipline and faith. I believe that’s why our leaders at The Gathering Oasis Church International continue to stress the importance of becoming bold, armored Christians who know God and refuse to be lukewarm about His work.
Spark Your New Season With A Choice
Lukewarm means, “showing little enthusiasm or conviction.” You may not consider yourself as a lukewarm Christian — but, if you are honest, then you may be able to admit that you’ve made lukewarm mistakes. For instance, have you ever heard a word from God and hesitated to believe and act on it? Have you ever procrastinated on a task for Church? Have you ever sided with your feelings over the Holy Spirit? Well, you are not alone. And, while no one on this earth is perfect, the goal should be to get better at submitting to The Holy Spirit and God’s will every day, so that you can pass through your spiritual seasons more effortlessly.
Think about the things that you’ve been praying for. The bible says that we are bound to reap a harvest in due season if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9). Whether you want to do something new in your business, your ministry, your marriage, your singleness, your emotional health, or some other area of your life, God is more than able to exceed our expectations (Ephesians 3:20). But the trick is that you have to make the unwavering choice to keep growing. You can’t give up! You can’t be committed one day, and second-guessing your decision the next. That’s the same as taking one step forward, and two steps back.
Our leaders challenge us to fight against the spirit of lukewarmness because they understand how detrimental it is to our growth, which is really what all spiritual seasons are about. Yes, Jesus can do great things, but He puts the power to do so inside of you, too. His desire is that you will grow and steward that power to carry out even greater things from season to season. But what happens when you become lukewarm about growing that power? You face cycles of indecisiveness, stubbornness, uncertainty, hesitation, and half-heartedness — all synonyms for lukewarm, according to Dictionary.com. Ultimately, these cycles spill over and create frustration in your next season, and trust me, you don’t want to take bad cycles into new blessings!
Just like you can’t stop the leaves from falling to the ground — you can’t stop a new spiritual season from coming your way if it’s God’s will. So how do you get READY, ready?
Welcome Your New Season With Preparation
Take heed to what our leaders preach, and leave lukewarmness and the bad cycles it creates behind. Start preparing a new routine of faith, discipline, and hope now! Decide to take your Christian walk more serious, avoiding “church as usual.” What does that look like? Honestly, it could be different for everyone? Search your heart for what the Holy Spirit has been nudging you to do. You know, those tugs to give, reach out to an estranged loved one, or even join a ministry — yep, face those nudges that you’ve been avoiding.
Likewise, I suggest you start looking at where you spend your time. It may help you to replace some of your pastimes with some of these four faith-building practices below.
1. Spend more intentional time reading your bible.
Many Christians can’t speak life into themselves amid trials and pressures because they don’t understand the power God has given them. The only way to know what your capable of is to read His Word. This could include waking up early or staying up a little later to study scriptures. Ask God questions about what the scripture means, why words were included and how the words relate to your life. In it, you will discover prayers, affirmations and actionable steps to help you rule in your next season.
2. Spend more time praying.
Don’t skip prayer; it’s essential for peace! Sometimes, we tend to go about our life worrying about how bills will get paid, how tasks will get done, or even how projects at work will be received. These things torment us, day in and day out, especially when we put the weight on ourselves to make things work out for our good. But, that’s not what the Bible tells us. God directs your path, and He has the whole world in his hand — including our problems. The Bible says to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
3. Spend more time fasting.
The most important way to grow in any season is to be able to hear from God. But with our busy lives and the constant flood of messaging coming from the media, it can sometimes be hard to focus enough to hear Him. Furthermore, we may not make room for Him because we’ve filled our time and appetite with things that aren’t really going to make us better people. Fasting periodically removes the distractions, so that you can focus clearly and hear what God’s saying to you about your life. If you need help in this area, you can find lots of online articles and guides to fasting, including this one 7-step fasting guide from The Church of The Highlands.
4. Spend more time in your church or community.
The best way to grow in faith is to join a faith-based community, but it goes far beyond just going to church on Sundays. Really invest in the church you call home. The GO Church has dream teams, small groups, and growth track to help you find your purpose and grow in any area that you struggle with. Not only will you find friends who will encourage you through hard times and help you grow in faith, but you’ll also get to see God’s miracles and power first hand. Get connected now! Nations are waiting on you in your next season!
Embrace Your Season With Faith
Wherever you choose to devote yourself, God will honor it when the time is right and according to His will. Just like the weather and trees are changing, so will you – dropping off dead things and making room for new and greater ones. Stay focused on the only one who can bring your new season to fruition.
But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:2-3)
We can’t wait to see you blossom! We pray that in whatever season you are in, that you will emerge victorious, stronger than you’ve ever been, and with more focus than you’ve ever had. Amen!